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Direct speech and language therapy for children with cerebral palsy: findings from a systematic review

Pennington, Lindsay and Goldbart, Juliet and Marshall, Julie (2005) Direct speech and language therapy for children with cerebral palsy: findings from a systematic review. Developmental medicine and child neurology, 47 (1). pp. 57-63. ISSN 0012-1622

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Abstract

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) often have speech, language, and/or communication disorders and are referred to speech and language therapy (SLT). They may also be referred to SLT services for dysphagia: treatment of which is beyond the scope of this review. Although the exact prevalence of the communication disorders associated with CP is not known, it has been estimated that approximately 20% of children with a diagnosis of CP have severe communication impairment and are classified as non-verbal. Many more will have less severe speech and communication disorders as a consequence of their motor impairment, or disorders arising from speech, language, and cognitive processing deficits associated with CP.

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